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Mali grad Castle and Two-storey Chapel

Mali grad Legend says that the bewitched countess Veronika, half girl and half snake, guards a hidden treasure in the vicinity of Mali grad Castle.  Built in phases from the 11th to the 15th century on a promontory in the center of the old city core, the two-storey Romanesque chapel with its crypt is in truth a genuine treasure. The 15th-century vaults, the Baroque frescoes, the Romanesque portal at the entrance to the chapel, and the archeological site with finds from prehistory to the Middle Ages will convince you of this.

Special feature: This interesting two-storey chapel with a crypt has no equal in Slovenia’s archeological heritage.

Franciscan monastery-Church of sv. Jakob

franciskani vrt 1 The origins of the church and the monastery stretch back to the end of the 15th century, and the church was rebuilt during the Baroque period. The remains of the old church are no longer visible; only the bell tower remains in its original place. The new Baroque furnishings were manufactured by the Franciscan order?s workshop in Kamnik and in addition a statuary workshop was also active in the monastery itself. The present altar with St. Jacob in the main niche is from the end of the 19th century, and the paintings in the church date to the 1940?s.

Šutna

sutna 2Šutna is the most beautiful street in Kamnik, adorned by typical medieval houses leaning against each other. Houses boast numerous guild and craft signs, which reflect the importance of the street in the past. Also the parish church of Mary Immaculate with a separate Gothic spire is situated here.

Kamnik Regional Museum

Zaprice Kamnik Regional Museum is located on the premises of Zaprice Renaissance-Baroque Mansion dating from the 16th century. The museum hosts permanent and temporary exhibitions and under the arcades the collection of stone monuments can be found. The surrounding area boasts an open-air museum of Tuhinj Valley granaries.

Source: TIC Kamnik

The Budnar’s house

budnar sipic 4The Budnar’s house is a unique living museum depicting the lives of our ancestors. The renovated house, which was declared a historic monument, is owned by the municipality of Kamnik, and was named after its last owner, Cveto Budnar. The small partly stone partly wooden house leans against the hillside so that the »gank« (porch) with its southern side is always in the sunshine. The house represents a stretched home of a middle peasant in those days.

Today the house is a living museum which preserves a more than one hundred year old tradition of old farm houses and the simple peasant life.

Source: TIC Kamnik

Fun fact: The herdsmen’s settlement is known as one of few the settlements of such size in Europe and attracts many visitors throughout the year. It is distinct by its typical architecture which symbolises Velika planina. The roofs are covered with pine shingles, which extend rather low. The name of the cottage in the Kamnik part of Velika planina is “a herdsman hut” or “a shepher’s home”, and a pine shingle is called “šinkel”. Source: velikaplanina.si

Rudolf Maister’s Birthplace

maister rojstna 2014 In the 19th century, the houses at the address Šutna 16 and 17 were owned by Blaž Svetic from Mesto no. 28, at that time one of the wealthiest Kamnik inhabitants, who was involved in inn-keeping and small trading. His son Leopold continued the inn-keeping tradition.

In 2013, Rudolf Maister’s Birthplace was opened, which now presents the life of the famous son of Kamnik. The renovation and creation of the museum setting was carried out and financed by the Municipality of Kamnik. Rudolf Maister’s Birthplace is a separate branch of the Kamnik Intermunicipal Museum.

Miha Maleš Gallery

Galerija Miha Males3 Miha Maleš is a great name in Slovenian art. He was one of the most important figures in Slovenian artistic life and besides his various artistic activities he is marked also by the other side of his character. He was a great collector of works of art, initiator and leader of artistic group the Fourth Generation, artistic organiser and a journalist. As it could be seen in his work, he was a very sensitive person and he knew how to join all these artistic fields of activity in harmony. The permanent collection comprises his works of art and documentary photos, kept in the Miha Maleš Gallery.

Source: TIC Kamnik








 

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